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July 2019


VIEW FROM THE COUNCIL CHAMBER Josh Fenton-Glynn, one of Hebden Bridge's 3 Calderdale councillors, gives a personal account of Wednesday's council meeting Read the report (19 July)

MYTHOLMROYD ARTS FESTIVAL: CALLING ALL ARTISTS The Festival, now in its fifth year, is inviting artists to submit work to the Mytholmroyd Open Exhibition which will be at St Michael's Church, Mytholmroyd on 19-20 October 2019. More info. (18 July)

MURPHY'S LORE 29 - This week George offers reflections on Memory, Steam Punk, Job Interviews, The Forgotten War, Piano Sing-alongs, Walls with ears, The Moorcock, a lass in a blue dress and a man with black eyes, darts playing, hospices and Canadian Pond Weed. Read more (16 July)

MEET THE RANGER TEAM AT HARDCASTLE CRAGS This July, the countryside team will be sharing the secrets of how they look after this picturesque woodland on the edge of Hebden Bridge. More info (15 July)

HEBDEN BRIDGE FARMER CONVICTED OF ANIMAL CRUELTY - A farmer from Hebden Bridge has been banned from keeping livestock for seven years, sentenced to 250 hours of unpaid work and ordered to pay over £36,000 costs. Read more. (12 July)

THE LOST KINGDOM OF ELMET Dave Weldrake told a recent meeting of the U3A about the lost kingdom of the ‘Dark Ages’, that period after the Romans and before the Angles and the Saxons - was Hebden Bridge part of Elmet? Read report.

MURPHY'S LORE 28 - from Shibden Hall, to the Red and Green Club via Gentleman Jack, Ann Walker and John Lister to a disappearing MP, a defence of light verse, a guitarist reciting Hilaire Belloc, a nod to local poet, a surreal encounter and a reflection on practical jokes. Read more (9 July)

COMMUNITY GREENING OF VICTORIA ROAD: - Local residents have improved their environment by collective effort and with assistance from business and local councils. What was an eyesore is now beginning to green again. Read more (3 July)

Controversial Labour MP to talk at Town Hall. Calderdale Trades Council have invited Chris Williamson, the twice suspended Labour MP for Derby, to talk about the next Labour Government. See What's On for 3 August.

MURPHY'S LORE - No 27 includes Scarf Woman, spelling mistakes, Indian head massages, the biter bit, a secret formula for failing at football, two Michael Jacksons, a herd of bulls, The Handmade Parade, an elusive bobber and Mrs Pomfret’s pommes frites. Read more (2 July)

MURPHY'S LORE 30 - This week George offers reflections on a wet weekend in Wales, this sporting wife, Frantic Friday, advice to a duke, a Thai toast, hidden perils on Britain's beaches, a jam and a joke, a dad in disguise and rules for everything. Read more (23 July)

FREE PUBLIC TOILETS FROM 1 AUGUST This year Calderdale Council will mark Yorkshire Day by making all of its public toilets free of charge, initially for a trial period. So from Thursday 1 August, there’ll be no cost if you need to spend a penny. More info (19 July)

HAPPY VALLEY PRIDE FESTIVAL: 22-28 JULY - the eclectic, alternative and inclusive, week-long festival for everyone, has announced the full line up for 2019. The celebration of LGBT+ life in Hebden Bridge and surrounding areas. A Festival for everyone. More info.

MYTHOLMROYD FLOOD WORKS - MORE BURNLEY ROAD DIVERSIONS. Diversion during August through Mytholmroyd Fire Station forecourt. Scheme won't now be completed before summer 2020. More info (15 July)

SUCCESSFUL WORKERS' CO-OP OFFERS INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITY to help it expand, with up to 5% interest in return for loans. During a time Hebden Bridge has seen many shops closing, Valley Organics has had six years of steady growth. More info (15 July)

MYTHOLMROYD STATION LATEST NEWS on the renovation of the station building, increase in footfall and the number of trains, car park, gardening and how to get involved. More info. (11 July)

FLOOD STORAGE CONTAINER SLOWS THE FLOW WITH GREEN ROOF - Work has been completed on a brand new Green Roof on the top of the Mytholmroyd Flood Warden Storage Container at The Shoulder of Mutton Pub on New Road. Read more (10 July)

GRANT FUNDING BRINGS WARMTH AND QUIET TO HOPE CHAPEL A grant from Community Foundation for Calderdale has enabled Hope Baptist Church in Hebden Bridge to replace windows that had been installed when the building was modernised in the 1950s. More info (8 July)

"Britain at its best: Hebden Bridge where Ed Sheeran was born is a true northern star,” declares Mail Online article. Apparently, our town is  'just the right side of gentrified’. Read article (7 July)

HEPTONSTALL FESTIVAL this Saturday, 6 July. Various attractions including the Fell race, live music, crafts, open studios and entertainment throughout the day. A wide range of food and drink stalls to suit all tastes. More info

June 2019


MURPHY'S LORE - No 26 includes Treesponsibility & rewilding, why are skinny models fierce and big models bouncy & bubbly, further cogitations on underpants, Yorkshire dialect, Mr Hartley, 4 Faber poets, a new cafe & Fancy Man Stan.   Read more (25 June)

ONCE UPON A TIME is the theme of the twelfth annual Handmade Parade in Hebden Bridge. Strange and marvellous creatures will be dancing through the streets on Sunday. More info and links to photos of the previous 11 Parades.

COUNCIL REVIEWS WEEDKILLER USE and is exploring a range of alternative options, including manual techniques, to keep weeds at bay and which are kinder to the environment than is glysophate. Read more. (23 June)

MORE TREE COVER STILL NEEDED IN HEBDEN BRIDGE, say Friends of the Earth. The organisation claims trees can act as effective flood defences, helping to reduce peak water levels by as much as a quarter. See ITV report. (19 June)

VOLUNTEER FOR THE HANDMADE PARADE! - Would you like to get more involved in the Parade this year? Come and join in the fun, make friends, cut stuff up, paint stuff, build stuff, collect stuff and more. More info (15 June)

HEBDEN BRIDGE TO UNVEIL BLUE PLAQUES to its co-operative history. Hebden Bridge will be remembering the story of one of the country’s most famous worker-run co-operatives when blue plaques are unveiled in the town centre on International Co-operatives Day, Saturday 6 July. More info

MURPHY'S LORE - No 24 includes, touring in the deep south, Larkin and Morris, B&B food, the art of complaining, treacle pudding and an early bird, storytelling in primary schools, Christine McMahon, a hidden child revealed and ways of executing moles. Plus readers write. Read more (11 June)

WAINSGATE CONCERT: MERAKI DUO - Wainsgate Chapel’s final music concert before the summer recess takes place on Sat 15 June, and features Latin American music plus works by Bartok, Messaien and Piazzolla performed by highly acclaimed Meraki Duo. Read more (10 June)

GREEN PARTY THANKS ITS VOTERS Finn Jensen, Chair of Calderdale Green Party thanks local voters for helping to elect a Green Party MEP in Yorkshire - Magid Magid. Read letter. (7 June)

40 YEARS OF TWINNING BETWEEN HEBDEN ROYD AND ST POL-SUR-TERNOISE At 6am on Thursday 30th May, a happy group of travellers boarded a coach in Hebden Bridge to travel to our twin town St Pol-sur-Ternoise (France) to celebrate 40 years of twinning. Read more (5 June)

WAINSGATE CONCERT: BIRDS AND BEASTS The concert series continues on Sat 8 June with an early evening performance by acoustic duo Birds and Beasts, with support from Slow Town Clock. Read more

MURPHY'S LORE 23 - This week the topics are: The Trades Club in the 1980s, a gentle stroll through bluebell woods, John the Barber, a dizzy turn and taking care with medicine, my brother Peter gets me out of a tight spot, further reflections on the Stefan Kiszko case and The Yorkshire Don Juan visits Liverpool. Read more (4 June)

FREE LEGAL ADVICE FOR BUSINESSES - New service launches 14 June 2019. Wilkinson Woodward have launched a free monthly legal advice service for businesses based in Hebden Bridge, Todmorden and the Upper Valley, at Welcome Independent Living's Community Hub in Market Street. More info (3 June)

SONGS AND CAKES AS GARDENERS OPEN THEIR GATES Georgian chants, yodelling, beautiful flowers and cakes are on offer as gardens across Hebden Bridge throw open their gates showing their horticultural gems as part of the Open Gardens Weekend of 6-7 July. More info

HEBDEN BRIDGE GROUP PRACTICE SURVEY: Patients are invited to complete a questionnaire about their experience of the Practice. This is being administered by the Patient Participation Group. Paper copies are available at the three surgeries (Valley Road, Grange Dene and Luddenden) or it can be completed online here. And see HebWeb Forum thread (26 June)

M.E. SUPPORT GROUP IN HEBDEN BRIDGE - Hebden Bridge M.E. Support Group held their first awareness event on June 14th, after recently getting together as a Facebook group, and as part of a wellness and creativity event at the Town Hall arranged by the Arts Festival. Read more (19 June)

MURPHY'S LORE - No 25 includes the EU in Mytholmroyd, Burnley Road school, what Rodin’s Thinker was thinking, spelling tests and physical chastisement, Joan and her mobile phone, house husbandry and sell by dates, Sir Bernard Ingham and Boris Johnson.  Read more (18 June)

ARTS FESTIVAL: STREET SUNDAY IS BACK Some of the country’s best street performers are heading to Hebden Bridge as part of the Street Sunday on Sunday 23 June as the crazy crew join the cream of local talent on impromptu stages across the town. More info and photos.

GREEN SCREEN FOR BURNLEY ROAD ACADEMY To help absorb harmful pollutants, Calderdale Council has installed a plant-based perimeter fence around the school playground as part of its plans to tackle air pollution. More info (12 June)

CALDERDALE'S CLEAN AIR DAY is on Thursday 20 June. At the start of 2019, Calderdale Council declared a climate emergency. It is stepping up its action to improve air quality, cut carbon and protect our distinctive environment. More info

LITTLE THEATRE: WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION Not long to go now till the Jury brings in its verdict and tension is mounting in court! From 16 June at the Little Theatre. Will Leonard Vole be found guilty of the wilful murder of Emily French? More info. (9 June)

TRISTRAM SHANDY Patrick Wildgust told a recent meeting of the U3A about Laurence Sterne and Sterne’s novel, "or perhaps anti-novel", Tristram Shandy. Read report. (7 June)

ARTS FESTIVAL EXPLORES THE DIGITAL WORLD - Older and Wider podcasters Jenny Eclair and Judith Holder, BAFTA winning journalist Kirsty Wark and Kraftwerk legend Wolfgang Flur will among the acts helping Hebden Bridge Arts Festival celebrate the town’s contribution to the digital revolution. Read more (5 June)

CALL FOR WEED KILLER BAN Liberal Democrat councillors are pushing the Council to ban the use of glyphosate-based weed killers because of safety concerns. Read more (3 June)

HANDMADE PARADE WORKSHOPS START THIS WEEKEND Organisers invite you on an adventure, to meet strange and magical creatures, in the deep dark forests of ancient Europe. The adventure starts at the Handmade Parade open workshops which begin on Saturday 8 June. More info, photos and links (3 June)

May 2019


WANTED - SLOW THE FLOW EVENTS OFFICER: to manage forthcoming events and to provide support to the management team to promote and support Natural Flood Management. (31 May)

HEPTON SINGERS ARE RECRUITING If you enjoy singing and are interested in joining, please come along to one of their open rehearsals on Tuesday evenings in June. Read more (29 May)

MURPHY'S LORE 22: This week the topics are memories of teenage hitch hiking, Keith Waterhouse, the Lesley Molseed murder trials, the Blackpool Grand National ride, a canal boat gathering and a posh party, skinny dipping and fishing for nymphs. Read more (27 May)

WADSWORTH COUNCIL NEEDS YOUR HELP Wadsworth Parish Council might be rural but in fact it's one of the largest parishes in England. Wadsworth Parish Council is looking to co-opt an additional five members. Read more (23 May)

IN MURPHY'S LORE 21, there’s Sunday runs and a White Blossom Tour, a Hippy Terrace, precognition and happy coincidence, Ivy Benson’s All Girl Band and an over-sized jacket, doctors who use jargon as secret codes and a medic's advice on avoiding bowel cancer. Read more (21 May)

MEP GREEN CANDIDATE TO VISIT BLACKSHAW HEAD Magid Magid, Lord Mayor of Sheffield and the Green Party's MEP candidate for Yorkshire will be visiting Blackshaw Head on Tues. 21 May, calling in at Pennine Community Power’s wind turbine, the PV solar panels at Colden School and the community orchard. Read more (19 May)

VINTAGE CAR WEEKEND - VOTE FOR A BOND FILM AND CAR The Picture House will once again run the Rotary Club's great Car Film competition where the public get to vote on their favourite. This year’s theme is James Bond classic cars. Read more

WIN TICKETS TO SEE POET TONY WALSH AT THE TRADES When performance poet Tony Walsh stood up to perform his poem This Is The Place in the aftermath of the Manchester Arena bombing that claimed 23 lives, he had no idea of the impact it would have. More info (15 May)

HEBDEN BRIDGE RESIDENT STANDS FOR ELECTION TO EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT - Cllr James Baker is one of the candidates standing for election to the European Parliament next Thursday 23rd May, standing on the Lib-Dem's 'Bollocks to Brexit' Manifesto. Read more (15 May)

HANDMADE PARADE THEME ANNOUNCED: on 30 June, Hebden Bridge will be taken over by the 12th Handmade Parade with the theme of Once upon a time with stories set in the ancient European forests, folklore, myth, ritual and design. More info, photos and links (9 May)

HAPPY VALLEY PRIDE 2019 ANNOUNCES MAIN HEADLINERS - the Festival has grown rapidly in size - last year attracting over 3,000 across 15 events and 7 days. This year, the Festival will run from 22 -28 July and will maintain its reputation for creating a distinctive, LGBT+ arts-focused programme. More info. (8 May)

MURPHY'S LORE 19 - In the latest of George Murphy’s columns for the HebWeb there's strange coincidences and precognition, the Yorkshire Ripper documentary, a reader’s first kiss, folk music folk, name dropping, The Butter Up Award and Mel Gibson and the librarian. Read more (7 May)

TAKE BACK THE LAND - CAMP AND OCCUPATION The Land Justice Network is organising Take Back The Land: a camp and occupation near Hebden Bridge. Around Walshaw Moor. All welcome: they plan to protest, hold workshops, sing songs, and take action to call for land reform. More info (4 May)

MUSIC VIDEO MADE IN HEBDEN BRIDGE: a short film by Lyla Rose featuring US group Spud Cannon, using local countryside and The Picture House. See short film. (1 May)

THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC’S COOL LIST FOR 2019 has West Yorkshire at number 7. The Calder Valley is highlighted - "with hippyish Hebden Bridge as its epicentre" - as a "burgeoning hub for restaurants and independent shops." (29 May)

HISTORIC NARROW BOAT CLUB GATHERING More than thirty boats belonging to members of the Historic Narrow Boat Club (HNBC), boatmen and their families, came to Hebden Bridge from all over the country at the Bank Holiday weekend. Read more. (28 May)

LITTLE THEATRE INVITES YOU TO TREAD THE BOARDS. Director, Ray Riches, is looking for 3 men and 2 women to take parts in Theft, the next production, as two suburban couples and the resourceful house burglar, Spriggs. More info (24 May)

DESMOND TUTU’S SOUTH AFRICAN CHILDREN’S CHARITY launches Exhibition. On Saturday 8th June, the Hebden Bridge based charity Bishop Simeon Trust will launch the 'IzwiLethu: Our Voice' exhibition at Artsmill on Linden Road. Read more (23 May)

DOROTHY SUTCLIFFE'S COMMUNITY SPIRIT REWARDED in Blackshaw Head where she has been a councillor since 1979, when too few councillors stood for election that year, and she volunteered to be co-opted. Read more (20 May)

BBC1 9pm, Sunday 19 May
The first episodes of Gentleman Jack, the new drama from Happy Valley writer Sally Wainwright, are based upon a book written about Anne Lister by local writer, Jill Liddington and published by Hebden Bridge publishers, Pennine Pens. More info, links and trailers (19 May)

TOWN COUNCIL VOTES TO SUPPORT A BAN ON NUCLEAR WEAPONS: Hebden Royd becomes only the third UK Council to support the ICAN Cities Appeal and the Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. Read more. (17 May)

INTRODUCTION TO EXTINCTION REBELLION Talk and Meeting - Wednesday 22nd May, 7pm at the Town Hall. Local Extinction Rebellion organisers would like to welcome more people to the Rebellion and support them to make sense of, and take action on, the climate crisis and mass extinction. Read more

MURPHY'S LORE 20 - topics this week include caviar and chihuahua, rebel songs and words, Cyril Smith MP, poorly designed underpants, blaming parents for poorly children, the Grand Northern Ukulele Festival, Hugh Massingberd, a Scouser's guide to tawkin' Yorkshire and why buskers should run away! Read more (14 May)

LOCAL HEALTHCARE FACES FURTHER THREATS as NHS campaign group urges GPs to refuse contract that cuts patients’ access. Read more. (9 May)

A permanent position for a Catering Assistant, along with a casual Catering Assistant and Bar Assistants. For information about the positions and details for how to apply please click here. (7 May)

WAINSGATE CONCERT: ARON HARPER-ROBINSON The 2019 Wainsgate Chapel concert series commences on Saturday May 18 with a performance by the outstanding Hebden Bridge-based singer /songwriter Aron Harper-Robinson. Read more

IN CONVERSATION WITH MARTYN WARE One of the founders of British synthpop Martyn Ware is coming to the Trades Club to talk about his trailblazing career in The Human League and Heaven 17. Read more. (3 May)

April 2019


MURPHY'S LORE 18  -   Japanese combovers, strange greetings, Titsalina Bumsquash, keeping up to scratch in the bedroom, May Day memories, Romeo and Juliet and The Tod Triangle feature this week, in the latest of George Murphy’s columns for the HebWeb. Read more (24 April)

HEPTON SINGERS CONCERT celebrates European choral music. This year’s concert maintains the usual challenging programming of early music and contemporary choral works. Read more. (27 April)

HEBDEN BRIDGE BURLESQUE FESTIVAL - from 2-5 May, has revealed that this year’s event has broken Box Office records, with over 1000 tickets sold so far for this year’s events. Read more about the Festival (25 April)

MURPHY'S LORE 17 - This week, George Murphy tells of apocryphal tales, Uncle Billy and a tape worm, kids' stories, a soldier's cup of tea, fowl play, the Pace Egg play, more true tales and the Ballad of Acre Mill. Read more (24 April)

MURPHY'S LORE 16 - This week, George Murphy tells tales of young and old, Ginger Girl, not walking on water, forgetting words and the perils of saying dewberry, a deadly legume, Park Life Cafe, Betty Rosen, first memories of drawing and strange places to put grass. Read more (15 April)

BANKING IN HEBDEN BRIDGE 'The only banks left in Hebden Bridge are grass ones down by the river'. See this weekend's article on the bankless town of Hebden Bridge in This is Money (14 April)

WARSTEIN AND ST POL CELEBRATE 55 YEARS OF TWINNING: A delegation from the Town Council and the Twinning Society (HBTS) visited our twin towns. Warstein (Germany) and St Pol-sur-Ternoise (France), to celebrate 55 years of twinning,last weekend in Warstein. Read more (12 April)

CALLING ALL GARDENERS Hebden Bridge Arts Festival is issuing an appeal for gardeners to join their Open Gardens weekend in July. Read more. (9 April)

MURPHY'S LORE 15 - This week’s features include Demon Dog Woman, private names for private parts, H is for Heather, witness protection, the dangers of misusing embrocations, Secret Gardens and vasectomy after care. Read more (8 April)

SALTAIRE AND SALT’S MILL after the death of Titus Salt was the topic of a recent U3A meeting with speaker, Maria Glot, Saltaire’s Historical Storyteller, including ‘The Curse of Milner Field’. Read report. (7 April)

TOWN COUNCIL ELECTIONS: There are 27 candidates for 18 seats and so far the HebWeb has profiles and photos for 7 of these candidates. More info

CALDERDALE ELECTIONS NOMINATIONS closed at 4pm today and the HebWeb can now publish the list of candidates for Calder and Luddendenfoot wards - Lab, Lib-Dem, Con and Green are contesting both local wards. Details here. (3 April)

ME, YOU & GEORGE CLOONEY Nellie and Nigel become friends at Halifax Square Chapel. Playwrights rarely choose social care as a subject but new play Me, You & George Clooney focuses on the strong bond between Nellie and her care worker Nigel. Read more (3 April)

With attendance over 2000 and a Picture House full house for Wild Rose, THE FIRST EVER HEBDEN BRIDGE FILM FESTIVAL took place from Friday 22 to Sunday 24 March and was an overwhelming success. It was announced at the end of the Festival that it will return next year. Read report (1 April)

2 MAY LOCAL ELECTIONS: voters in our area will be able to choose one Calderdale councillor for the Calder Ward which covers Hebden Bridge, and one for the Luddendenfoot Ward which covers Mytholmroyd - and this year, all 18 councillors of Hebden Royd Town Council. Nominations close 4pm, 3 April.

HEBDEN BRIDGE COHOUSING INTEREST DAY Calder Valley Cohousing group are holding a one day event on cohousing on Saturday May 4th at the Birchcliffe Centre, Hebden Bridge. More info

CROWN STREET JEWELLERS TO CLOSE Owners of the family run jewellers, Riverstones Fine Jewellery on Crown Street have announced that they intend to close the store. Read more (29 April)

CALLING CRICKETERS Hebden Bridge Cricket Club's 2019 season is just getting under way. We play friendly matches most weekends throughout the summer at Salem and away and rate enthusiasm over skill. Contact club captain Richard Tranmer 07808 092101 or email (26 April)

KATE RADFORD PRESENTS DROUGHT The Hebden Bridge based performance artist is at Hope Baptist Church on 17 May before taking her show on to California. More info and links (23 April)

HEBDEN BRIDGE FOLK ROOTS FESTIVAL takes place over the weekend of 10-12 May. Now in its fifth year, the Festival will feature a wonderful mix of artists, dancers, storytellers and musicians. For the latest news about who, when and where, click here. (22 April)

TOWN COUNCIL TO UNVEIL WW1 PLAQUES in the Memorial Gardens in Hebden Bridge and Mytholmroyd on 8 May.

CALDERDALE JOINS INTERNATIONAL CLIMATE REBELLION - People from Hebden Bridge, Mytholmroyd, Todmorden and Halifax will be traveling down to London this week to join with thousands of others from across the UK in acts of mass peaceful civil disobedience. Read more

JOHN HEGLEY’S EASTER OFFER Poet John Hegley is back in Calder Valley thanks to Hebden Bridge Arts Festival with a gig at the Town Hall on Wednesday, 8 May. More info

ARTSMILL EXHIBITION - PAINTINGS BY JANE WALKER Todmorden artist Jane Walker started painting in her early 50s, having had no previous art experience. Her Exhibition runs from 17 April with a preview this Sunday. More info

FREE LEGAL ADVICE SERVICE Launches in Hebden Bridge. Solicitors Wilkinson Woodward have launched new drop-in sessions, from 1pm to 4pm on the last Friday of every month at Welcome Independent Living's Community Hub in Market Street. More info (9 April)

DUCK RACE Tickets will be available in the Square each weekend in April, until Easter Monday, the day of the event. The Rotary Club has told the HebWeb of some of the causes supported with the money raised. Read more (7 April)

BIG NAMES SIGN UP FOR HIGHLY-ACCLAIMED PIANO FESTIVAL Hebden Bridge packs a surprisingly large cultural punch. On the music front, the Piano Festival (26-28 April) leads the way with an annual action-packed celebration of the piano and piano music in all its varied forms. Read more (5 April)

LIFE AND DEATH IN HEBDEN BRIDGE 1851- 1901 For those searching for clues about their family history, census returns are now available to search on-line. The records can give a picture of a community. Anne Mealia, a genealogist and historical researcher, shared the results of her analysis of records for Hebden Bridge from 1851 to 1901. with the Local History Society. Read more Wednesday, 3 April 2019

PYRENEES by Alan David Greig is the next production at the Little Theatre (15-20 April). A man is found lying in the snow at the foot of the Pyrenees. He remembers nothing, but believes he is British. Jenny Gore directs a talented cast. More info (3 April)

MURPHY'S LORE 14 - This week’s features include kingfishers and naturalists, industrial heritage, stonemasons, impressive butterflies, what to stir your tea with, gap years and the history of asylums, pheasant plucking and battery farming. (1 April)

March 2019


STATION LIFTS NOT WORKING: Network Rail is awaiting a part and it is hoped the lifts will be working again within a few days. Read more (31 March)

Liberal Democrat member and candidate suspended after "inappropriate posts and images on his Facebook profile." Timothy Weston Foulds has also agreed to withdraw his Lib-Dem canditure for election to Hebden Royd Town Council. Read more (29 March)

MURPHY'S LORE 13 - This week George Murphy considers: floods, sex surveys, Date Nights, Lorraine Kelly, rats and insurance men, Frank Sidebottom and A Fairy Tale of Hebden Bridge. Read now. (26 March)

HEBDEN BRIDGE FILM FESTIVAL THIS WEEKEND Over the next three days, 22-24 March, the Festival will showcase 12 exciting films, a film competition, Q+A's with the festival's patron Maxine Peake and Jessica Hynes who will talk about her new film. More info

PROTECTING YOUR PROPERTY FROM FLOODING Residents and businesses concerned about the heavy rainfall brought by Storm Hannah are being advised to take action now to prepare their property for any future incidents. More info (21 March)

MURPHY'S LORE 12 - This week from George Murphy, a politics special: a child’s view of politics; election strategists; a Guardian man is trapped; Capability for Work tests; Peterloo and all that; Jo Cox; next week’s headlines and politicians in corn fields. Read now. (19 March)

PENNINE HERITAGE SECURES NATIONAL LOTTERY SUPPORT for a programme to restore and maintain the Birchcliffe Centre, new marketing campaign to get local groups, businesses, residents and visitors more involved and advice on improving working arrangements. More info (17 March)

NEW WILDFLOWER SITE IN MYTHOLMROYD: Hebden Royd Town Council are adding a touch of colour to Mytholmroyd with a new project to plant a wildflower meadow at Hawksclough, a site currently full of dock weed and ragwort. Read more (14 March)

MURPHY'S LORE 11 - George Murphy gives advice on shepherding squirrels, a ‘Butter Up’ award, head tattoos, Fantastic Mr Fox, the regressive Council Tax, Chinese restaurants and Dog City News. Read it now. (12 March)

LAUGHING FOR PALESTINE at the Trades Club. Mock the Week's Tez Ilyas tops the bill on Thurs, 21 March in a fundraiser for the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions. More info

PIANO FESTIVAL PROGRAMME LAUNCH PARTY takes place in the café bar at the Town Hall on Friday 15 March. There’s live piano music provided by Festival Director, David Nelson. More info (8 March)

BIRDS AND BEASTS ENTWINED: an Album Party ‘Entwined’ launch at the Trades Club this Saturday (9 March) in Hebden Bridge, where the group will share their new songs and some existing favourites. More info (7 March)

MURPHY'S LORE 10 - George Murphy's topics this week include the IT girl and the pharaoh, stories we tell ourselves, family revelations, sedating young children, Eco Warriors, Momo, a restaurant drama and a Reader’s letter. Read it now. (5 March)

CELEBRATION OF ‘INTERNATIONAL WOMEN EVERYWHERE’ On Saturday 9 March, Lunchtime Live will have performances from Ruth Nielson, Kate Radford, Ruby O’Hare and Gloria Jeffries More info (4 March)

Craig Whittaker votes for no deal. Our Calder Valley MP voted against 7 of the 8 options MPs were given last night to resolve the Brexit Crisis. He voted for the UK to leave Europe with no deal. More info (28 March)

COMEDY COMES TO THE LITTLE THEATRE: Those disappointed by closure of the Comedy Club in Hebden Bridge will be pleased to welcome a new venture at the Little Theatre. Top acts from the comedy circuit, TV and radio will be appearing on Sunday 28th April in the opening night of Canalside Comedy at the town’s 115-seater theatre. Read more. (27 March)

DAVID BURNOP: 40 YEARS AS THE DOCTOR Heptonstall Players would like to congratulate David Burnop on his 40th year as The Doctor, and invite you all to toast his health, and continuing endurance, in Heptonstall at The Pace Egg Play on Good Friday 19th April 2019. Read More and download the poster

NATURAL FLOOD MANAGEMENT CONFERENCE: the Town Council and Slow The Flow Calderdale have joined forces to stage a conference for 30-31 March, designed for people living with flood risk in their own communities. More info (21 March)

STATION PASSENGER LIFTS take first passengers, this morning, Tuesday, 19 March 2019. Read more

REMEMBERING PETERLOO WITH ALAN FOWLER A sunny Monday, 200 years ago, 16 August, 1819 in Manchester. A peaceful, lively meeting of 60,000 men, women and children, calling for the vote and political reform. The cavalry charged: 15 dead and 600 injured. Read report of Local History lecture. (19 March)

GREENING THE ECONOMY: Report of the well attended meeting of 9 March organised by Calderdale Compass and details of the Mytholmroyd meeting coming up on 25 March. More info (18 March)

ARTS FESTIVAL OPEN MEETING - a chance to shape the Festival. Weds 20 March. And an opportunity to meet the festival Artistic Director Helen Meller and the Festival Board. Read more (15 March)

LINDA GREEN'S NEW HEBDEN BRIDGE NOVEL, set in Pecket Well, Hebden Bridge and Heptonstall, tells the story of 3 generations of women and a "babies at the bottom of the garden" confession. Linda is signing copies at a launch event today. More info. (13 March)

THE CHANGING FACE OF MYTHOLMROYD Ambitious plans to 'enhance' the appearance of Mytholmroyd village centre are being discussed by Calderdale Council’s Cabinet. More info. (11 March)

JO WHITEHEAD'S RESPLENDENT BIRDS exhibition at the Gallery Lounge, Artsmill until 24 March. More info

WOODLANDS OF THE SOUTH PENNINES – their industrial history. Today, our woodlands are largely a place of leisure, but as Hywel Lewis told the Local History Society, their history shows how closely they were integrated in the industrial economic life of this area. Read report. (6 March)

FILM FESTIVAL PROGRAMME LAUNCHED. The full programme for the first ever Hebden Bridge Film Festival (HBFF) has been launched. The festival takes place from Friday 22 to Sunday 24 March. More info (5 March)

BARROW LAD GOES BARGAINING IN MIDDLE EAST – Philip Caine told the U3A about his adventures in Iraq, Algeria, Kurdistan, Dubai and more, and then writing books about it all. Read report (2 March)

February 2019


HUFFINGTON POST ON HEBDEN BRIDGE: "You will find a town that was almost abandoned, but brought back to life by hippies, artists and lesbians looking for a place to make a life." Written by Sean Pert, who continues: "The town doesn't just tolerate its LGBT+ community, it values and embraces us." Read more (28 Feb)

THE HISTORY OF FARMING IN THE INDUSTRIAL PENNINES Does it seem like a contradiction to speak on the topic of 'farming in the industrial Pennines'? At the recent meeting of the Local History Society, Dr Stephen Caunce tried to answer this question. Read report. (21 Feb)

FILM FESTIVAL - CARMEL AND LOLA: Basque filmmaker Arantxa Echevarría made her debut last year at Cannes with this story of forbidden love between two young women in Madrid’s close-knit Roma Community. More info (21 Feb)

WRITING YORKSHIRE is the topic of the next lecture (2 March) organised by the Lit & Sci with Prof Richard Morris who brings his skills as an archaeologist and historian to weave an account of Yorkshire’s past and present. More info (19 Feb)

In this week's Murphy's Lore, there's Postman's Knock, Pablo Neruda, jogging shorts, sex, late night phone calls, and a romantic chanson. Read it now. And if you've missed them, follow the links to the six others.

FILM FESTIVAL - JESSICA HYNES' THE FIGHT Bafta-winning actress Jessica Hynes (Spaced, W1A, Bridget Jones’ Baby) will showcase her debut feature film as a director. Read more. (12 Feb)

JEFF NUTTALL'S BOMB CULTURE - Book Case event on Thursday, 21 February marks new edition of this defining 60s Underground book. Read more

George Murphy's sixth piece for the HebWeb includes tails about dogs, local news coverage, tall footballers, small women, a bus hijack and a stuck up post mistress. Read it now. (7 Feb)

LUNCHTIME LIVE is every second Saturday of the month at Hope Baptist Chapel. Come along this Saturday 9th February, from 1 pm - 4pm. Featuring Dave Morcombe, Peculiar Blue, Joachim Lund and Jack Parker. More info (6 Feb)

COMMUNITY CAST WANTED FOR GIANT OUTDOOR THEATRE EVENT Bradford-based theatre company, Mind the Gap, is seeking an integrated community cast of over 100 local people for their new outdoor theatre event in April. Read more (5 Feb)

‘BEING FRANK confirmed for Hebden Bridge Film Festival. Revealing the hidden creator behind Manchester comedian Frank Sidebottom, this film explores the life and art of the late Chris Sievey. Read more (4 Feb)

Instigate : Exchange is the latest exhibition with Ebony Andrews & Ian C. Taylor. It is showing from 6-24 March with a preview on Sunday, 3 March. More info

MURPHY'S LORE 9 - George Murphy talks about Zen and Zips, Sid Field, falsies, shopping lists, wandering minds, Mr Cholmondeley’s brakes, Radio Daze and a Catch 22. Read it now. And if you've missed them, follow the links to the eight others. (27 Feb)

FILM FESTIVAL LAUNCH on Friday, 8 March at Hebden Bridge Town Hall when the full programme of films and events will be available. More info (26 Feb)

GROUSE ESTATES INVESTIGATED OVER HEATHER BURNING including our own local Walshaw Moor who wouldn't go along with the voluntary agreement other estates signed up to. See Guardian article (25 Feb)

MURPHY'S LORE 8 - This week, George Murphy tackles Midsummer Night’s Dream, mental health, dog attacks, drones, book launches and spot the poet! Read it now. And if you've missed them, follow the links to the seven others. (21 Feb)

MYTHOLMROYD FLOOD DEFENCES: first part completed. "As well as reducing flood risk for local homes and businesses this important piece of work provides improved access and should gradually blend well with the local setting." Read more (18 Feb)

HEPTONSTALL'S PENNINE SPRING MUSIC FESTIVAL from 27 May to 1 June led by new orchestral Director, Orr Guy, featuring. This year you'll hear Prokofiev, Cole Porter, Mozart, Tchaikovsky and more. More info. (15 Feb)

HEBDEN BRIDGE CO-OP BURGLARY: FOUR MEN JAILED for breaking into, and stealing from, the Co-op last month. At Bradford Crown Court on Monday, 11 Feb. Read more

CANAL TOWPATH: PLANS FOR WALKING AND CYCLING - Work will start this Spring on a £2.1m scheme to improve cycling and walking access on a 6 km section of the Rochdale Canal towpath between Hebden Bridge and Todmorden. Read more (12 Feb)

2019 BIG SPRING CLEAN - from 22nd - 31st March, teams from community groups, schools, residents and businesses will be sponsored £60 to their chosen local charity or project, for taking part in the annual clean-up of our area. More info

COMMUNITY PLANS FOR AFFORDABLE HOMES TURNED DOWN - Calder Valley Land Trust has told the HebWeb that it is enormously disappointed at the decision by Calderdale’s planning committee today to reject proposals for new affordable homes to rent in Hebden Bridge. Read more (5 Feb)

IF I WERE YOU by Alan Ayckbourn is the next production at the Little Theatre, from 18-23 Feb. About a couple, Mal and Jill, whose long marriage has hit the rocks, suspected infidelity, boorish behaviour and swopped bodies move this comedy along. More info (4 Feb)

January 2019


MURPHY'S LORE: No 5 - George Murphy's fifth piece for the HebWeb includes his thoughts on banks doing a bunk, a dead cat, Cassandra, home banking, passion interrupted and a mining tragedy. Read it now. (31 Jan)

MEASURES WILL BENEFIT HEBDEN BRIDGE and surrounding areas. "Work is under way on a £2.6 million project to plant woods, restore peat bog and slow water flow in streams to protect thousands of homes from flooding." See this ITV news report (28 Jan)

HEBDEN BRIDGE: HOW A THRIVING TOWN LOST ITS LAST BANK: This Guardian article reports that, "Residents feel angry and let down as Lloyds departs, but one man (David Fletcher) has a plan to fill the gap." Only a few years ago, Hebden Bridge had five full time banks. The last one, Lloyds, closed last week. Read article (26 Jan)

NO BANKS. NO PETROL Lloyds Bank was the last bank left in Hebden Bridge. It closed this month. Shepherds was the last petrol garage still open in Hebden Bridge. It stopped selling petrol this month. (25 Jan)

HAPPY VALLEY PRIDE 2019 PROMISES BIGGER, BETTER AND BAWDY - an eclectic, alternative and inclusive, week-long festival for everyone. Celebrating LGBT+ life in our area, it will be earlier than in previous years, from 22 to 28 July 2019. More info. (24 Jan)

MURPHY'S LORE: No 4 - George Murphy's fourth piece for his HebWeb column includes thoughts on the Extinction Rebellion, Rat Man, King Coal, Dixie Dean, open fires and disasters. Read it now. (21 Jan)

GHOSTS IN ART AND LITERATURE is the topic of next lecture organised by the Lit & Sci with Art historian Susan Owens who will be reflecting on the place that ghosts have in our culture - on Sat 26 January. More info (17 Jan)

LOST HOUSES OF THE SOUTH PENNINES. There was standing room only when artist Kate Lycett came to speak to Hebden Bridge Local History Society about the stories behind her hugely successful paintings of the Lost Houses of the South Pennines. Read report (15 Jan)

ARTIST'S WORK SELECTED FOR OPEN EXHIBITION. Two paintings by Hebden Bridge artist Julie Rose Clark have been chosen for this year's up and coming Ferens Art Gallery’s 2019 Open Exhibition in Hull, from 2 Feb to 14 April.

CHRISTMAS MUSIC AND QUIZ – Dee Ashworth conducted the Tod Community Adult Learners Brass Band in a fine medley of tunes. Impromptu quiz groups were set fiendish seasonal questions by Myrna Beet of the Quiz Group. Read report from University of Third Age (11 Jan)

LUNCHTIME LIVE this Saturday 12 January from 1-4pm at Hope Baptist Chapel. Organised by Dave Boardman, Fiona Pattison and Sarah Courtney will this time feature punk poet Keiron Higgins, Birds and Beasts, Ava Burgess and The Harmony Jar. More info

THE BATTLE OF HEPTONSTALL - a play and public lecture is being prepared for February 2019, to remember this 1643 battle of the English Civil War. The play is being produced with local actors and with the help of local residents. Read more, along with photos from Bruce Cutts and video from Nick Wilding. (7 Jan)

MURPHY'S LORE: No 2 - The HebWeb is very pleased to present a regular column from local writer and story-teller, George Murphy. In this second piece, he talks about crime, baths, bikes, the birds and the bees, floods and much more. Read now. (2 Jan)

PATHWAYS FILMS – Peter Thornton and Ray Riches told the U3A about the films they've produced since 2000 including ones on the Brontes, Hardcastle Crags, Halifax, the Luddenden Valley and Hebden Bridge. Read report (30 Jan)

MILESTONES AND WAYMARKERS IN THE SOUTH PENNINES For David Garside of the Yorkshire Milestones Society, the collecting and mapping of wayside markers is a passion which he shared with a meeting of the Hebden Bridge Local History Society. Read report. (28 Jan)

EXTINCTION REBELLION call on Calderdale to declare a Climate Emergency, and are urging Calderdale Council to support a climate change motion to be debated at their meeting next week. More info (26 Jan) 

ARTSMILL EXHIBITION: NIC CHAPMAN, PHOTOGRAPHER Nic Chapman is a photographer with an artistic flare and an eye for detail. Her exhibition is showing in the Gallery Lounge from Weds 30 January with a preview on Sun, 27 Jan. More info

WILD ROSE TO OPEN HEBDEN BRIDGE FILM FESTIVAL Rising star Jessie Buckley plays alongside Julie Walters in this story of Rose-Lynn Harlan, a singer from Glasgow, dreams of making it big in America. Read more. (23 Jan)

PETITION FOR ELECTRIC VALLEY: A petition calling for the electrification of the Calder Valley line has been launched by Calderdale Council as part of its campaign for greater investment in the service. Read more. (22 Jan)

HEPTON SINGERS LOOKING FOR MEN who sing bass or tenor to join them for their current season and beyond. More info (18 Jan)

ARTSMILL EXHIBITION: WHERE EARTH MEETS SKY - Claire Murray's work embraces the rich and dramatic landscapes and seascapes of the North, concerning mainly ideas of memory and recall, and running from 23 Jan until 10 Feb. More info (15 Jan)

CROWDFUNDING FOR WATERSIDE FOLD near the Little Park, to pay for legal representation against the developer. Many of the nearby residents are retired and elderly. See latest HebWeb Forum thread with links to previous discussions. (15 Jan)

DAWSON CITY CABINS OF MYTHOLMROYD to be removed as part of the flood alleviation scheme. Some of the timber will be returned to the land once occupied by Dawson City. More traffic lights will be installed, this time for 2 weeks on New Road. Read more (13 Jan)

MURPHY'S LORE: No 3 - George Murphy's third piece for his HebWeb column includes thoughts on the cormorant and the shag, insurance, home truths, a guilty secret, constabulary duties, Belle Vue cinema and more on the birds and the bees. Read now. (9 Jan)

NUTCLOUGH HOUSING CO-OP NEEDS NEW MEMBERS - the co-op based at the Nutclough Tavern is in need of a new cohort of members to take on the Co-op and the 8-bedroom building with community room. More info (5 Jan)

MANAGING CALDERDALE’S WOODLAND - A new tree and woodland strategy is being discussed by Calderdale Council’s Cabinet, helping to guide tree management in the borough and for the proposed Northern Forest. Read more (5 Jan)